Mucho Mavericks: Extraordinary Every Day

Sam Chambers

When the whistle blows and the gun goes off, Maverick athletes rise to the occasion and define the moment .  The Mucho Maverick award, established in 2009, gives a glimpse of extraordinary performances made from real talent.

The Mucho Maverick award recognizes a peak game-changing performance by individuals or a team.   In the spirit of the quote from Jim Valvano: "Every day ordinary people do extraordinary things," St.  John’s Mavericks go beyond the norm in the competitive arena all of the time. 


The inaugural winner in 2009 was Alexander Saucer (’13) for his performance of pinning his opponent in the last match of the “War on the Floor” wrestling duel against Kinkaid.  His pin reversed the fortunes of his match and the fate of his team as the Mavs came from behind to defeat the Falcons.  In the spring of 2010, the girls’ track and field 4 by 400 meter relay team of Meredith Gamble (’11), Anne Johnson (’12),), Jackie Modesett (’13),  and Stephanie Guo (’13) edged out Episcopal by a step to hit the tape and capture a school record 19th SPC championship and the Director’s Cup for the best all around co-ed and girls SPC athletic programs.


After each sports season coaches will nominate a peak performance from each team.  The student body will then vote for one winner in each of the three seasons.  Those three winners will be put up for a final vote at the end of the year to determine the 2011 Mucho Maverick.  Ballots will be distributed in advisory next week for the fall selection.


Girls' nominees will be posted on "Black Friday" and boys' nominees will be posted on "Scarlet Saturday."